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Introduction to the Zemax Demo


This article describes how to use the Zemax demo to explore the capabilities of Zemax prior to purchase.

Authored By: Andrew Locke

Published On: November 10, 2005


Welcome!

Sample of analysis windows in Zemax

Thank you for trying out the demonstration version of the Zemax Optical and Illumination Design Software! 

If you have not already installed the Zemax demo, please download the installer now from the downloads page.  The demo is available in both 32 and 64 bit versions, as is the full Zemax release. Once you have downloaded the demo installer, double-click on it to launch the Zemax demo installation wizard.

The Zemax demo will introduce you to the user interface, and the analysis features of the program. The demo comes with many sample lens files which you can open and investigate. Once each lens file is opened, you can perform diagnostics such as ray fan plots, spot diagrams, layouts, MTF plots non-sequential ray-tracing, and physical optics propagation. You can also perform detail radiometric analysis using non-sequential ray tracing.

Zemax integrates features required to conceptualize, design, optimize, analyze, tolerance, and document virtually any optical system. Zemax offers power, speed, flexibility, ease of use, and value in one comprehensive program. Three editions of Zemax are available to support your optical modeling needs: Zemax-IE, Zemax-EE and Zemax-SE The demo is of Zemax-EE, the Engineering Edition. 

Please see the Editions section on the Zemax website for a list of the features in each edition. If you have a special requirement, or need a feature that is not listed, please contact us or your distributor. Distributor information is available on the Zemax website.

Limitations of the demonstration version: For obvious reasons, the Zemax demo cannot do everything that the full, licensed version of Zemax can. You cannot modify most of the lens data in the demo. The Zemax demo does not support saving lens files, printing, and other optimization features supported in the actual program.

Explore Sequential Mode

Explore Physical Optics

Explore Non-Sequential Mode


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